Rush to Donate Funds from Humanitarian Award to Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research

Credit: Andrew MacNaughtanRush will be honored with Canadian Music Week's 2017 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award, which gives recipients $40,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. The prog legends will be donating the money to The Tragically Hip frontman and fellow Canadian Gord Downie's fund for brain cancer research.

"We are pleased to direct this generous donation from the Allan Slaight Humanitarian award to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook," Rush writes on its website. "Many Canadian families have been affected either directly or indirectly by this terrible disease. Through Gord's courageous efforts this cause is now getting the attention it desperately deserves. As a fellow musician and friend it's our turn to help support his efforts to fight Brain Cancer now."

Downie was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, and he and The Tragically Hip embarked on a final tour over the summer. In October, Downie released a new solo album, titled Secret Path.

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